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Old 07-05-2016, 09:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Pilot Question on an Act Out

you can do whatever you want.

I'd say that you just need to make sure that whatever dramatic moment you've chosen for the act out is paid off fairly soon when you come back for the next act.

That doesn't mean necessarily that the act out has to be a cliffhanger and then you come back and reveal what happened. You just need to satisfy whatever expectation or answer the question that's been created by the act out.

There's often a passage of time between act outs, whether a few moments, minutes, or coming back to a different scene entirely. That's normal.

If you come back to the same moment, that's called a direct pick up, which is also fine, but in my experience is used more sparingly, often toward the end of the show, when acts are getting shorter and you're looking to raise the stakes.

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